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Island powered solely by Renewables
Mar 27, 2007 - DevelopmentCrossing.com
Madrid's government announced Tuesday that El Hierro,
one of the smallest of Spain's Canary Islands, is
to receive 100 percent of its electricity supply from
renewable energy sources.
El Hierro will rely on a combination of hydroelectricity
and wind power to generate its electricity. "El Hierro
will be the first island in the world totally supplied
by renewable energy," the ministry said. The technology
associated with this task includes a system involving
two reservoirs to power hydroelectric stations, a
wind farm and a pumping system.
"The bulk of the energy injected into the distribution
network will emanate from the hydroelectric plant"
with capacity of 10 megawatts, the ministry said.
The wind farm will generate electricity for the pumping
station that will pump water to the two reservoirs
that feed the hydroelectric stations, the ministry
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